Markets to and from Asia saw some of the biggest increases in capacity by Airlines in July, schedules data from Innovata shows.
Capacity on intra-Asian routes was lifted 13% in July, as measured in weekly ASKs, compared with July 2012. The intra-Asian market was second only to the North American domestic market in July by weekly capacity and had the fastest growth rate of any of the top biggest markets by ASKs.
Airline capacity was up nearly 10% between Asia and North America and by nearly 8% on routes linking Asia with the MIddle East. Capacity though was kept flat on routes between Asia and Europe.
European and North American cut ASKs in July compared to 12 months ago on transatlantic routes as tight capacity displine continues. Capacity growth also remains relatively restrained in their home markets, increasing 3% in North America and nearly 5% in Europe.
Innovata schedules data show more strong expansion in capacity in July from Chinese operator Air China and China Southern Airlines, Gulf trio Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways, as well fast expanding Aeroflot and Turkish Airlines.
In the low-cost sector, the four biggest operators - Southwest Airlines, Ryanair, EasyJet and Jetblue - continue their relatively restrained growth at between 3-7% compared with July 2012. But many of the other smaller low-cost operators behind them were growing at double-digit rates in July. Norwegian lifted RPKs a third in July, though that in part reflects its launch of long-haul operations.